I’ve worked for a little while in my life despite my age and dealt with many different supervisors over the years. Sometimes, especially when you really care about doing well on the job and pleasing your boss, we can become obsessed with doing ‘perfect’ work. We can get to the point where we are over analyzing every little detail or thing that we are doing because maybe we really like the place or the people there or the job in general. Sometimes we get so excited about the job we worry too much about how well we are doing and start listening to what others are saying about us. Or worse we nitpick and look down at our own work.
If you’ve ever worked in a cubicle office environment you know full well how easy it is to overhear what others are saying. You may hear bits and pieces that may make you think they are talking about you. And even if they are talking about you and your work what does it matter? What does the opinions of those that don’t really work with you matter? What does even your own opinion about your work matter? The only opinion that really matters is what the one who employs you. What does the man in charge say about your work?
“For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.”
1 Corinthians 10:18(ESV)
What does God say about you and what you’re doing for Him? Is He pleased? If God says you are doing well; you need to believe that you are doing well. If He says that you are a good worker, don’t listen to anything anyone else around you is saying. When serving God in whatever we are doing we need to realize that we are doing what we are doing not to please man, for our own glory, or to deceive, but to honor Him with our lives (1 Thess 2:3). At the same time though, we need to remember to be a good and faithful worker to God, showing Him that we can be trusted enough with the smaller things in life before He helps us move onto bigger projects.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
So, has God given you something to work on that you just never really started? Has He given you things that you just gave up on or haven’t completed because of what you think about yourself or what others think? What would your boss say if he gave you things and you didn’t complete or start them? Wouldn’t he fire you? He at the very maximum would not trust you with anything important, now, would he? So, if an earthly boss wants things done and we do them for him, should we not even want to serve and submit to God more when He tries to give us things to do? I think we should and my prayer is that both all who read this as well as myself, remember to treat God’s tasks with the same respect we would treat our boss’ or school teacher’s/professor’s, if you’re in school, tasks.
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